So, everything that went into moving fell on me since D was already in IA, and it was a crazy stressful time. March 1st, the girls and I said goodbye to our wonderful friends, and drove from CO to IA (a HUGE thanks to my friend, Heather, for keeping me company and taking over a good chunk of the drive!). After moving, I gave myself about 6 weeks to get the kids established in school and unpack/shop for furniture before I decided it was time to focus on my health again. D had already gotten a membership at Anytime Fitness while he was here on his own because he could get a good deal through work, so I decided to follow suit. There is one about a mile from our house, so it just made the most sense. One of the benefits of joining a smaller gym is the cost! It is MUCH cheaper than any gym we've joined in the past, particularly the bigger fancy gyms. Sure, it's a no-frills gym with no real classes or childcare, but the kids are all in school full-time now and classes are scary, so I didn't really need all that. I fell back into old habits with the new gym, though, and stuck to the treadmill. I'd eye the weight room, wanting to be a big girl and go in there, but it was so intimidating! It worked out for the best, though, because D saw my fear and agreed to check out personal training for me.
I am so glad I took that step! Hiring a personal trainer is by far the best thing I've ever done for myself. I signed up for a year because there was a big cost savings that way, and I love knowing it's not going to end soon. It's not something I'm doing for just a few sessions and then trying to go at it on my own. That's when I tend to fail. I started working with the trainer on 4/28 and since then, I've lost 16lbs according to the "official" gym scale (19.1 on my home scale, but that's from a week or two before that). Tuesdays are my weigh-in days at the gym, so we'll see where I am tomorrow.
|Left: September '13, Right: About 2 weeks ago|
Awhile back, I did Jamie Eason's LiveFit program, and loved that it got me into the weight room for the first time ever. If you're just starting out lifting weights, I HIGHLY recommend that program! I'm the type of person who requires a recipe when cooking. I need that step-by-step, and don't typically just wing it. Turns out, I'm the same way when it comes to working out. I need that step-by-step, and I'm not comfortable coming up with my own routines. Maybe someday, but not right now. That's a big reason I love working with a trainer. He figures it out for me and tells me what to do.
The best part for me about the trainer is that he pushes me to do things I never imagined doing. Even when I did LiveFit before, I would modify the program so I didn't have to do anything that required the big scary squat rack. Now, that's my happy place! I LOVE lifting heavy, and discovering that I'm a whole lot stronger than I ever gave myself credit for. I've never tried a 1-rep max on either, but I can squat 140lbs and deadlift 205lbs for a set of 4 each. Last week, he had me doing single arm cable rows, and I did 115lbs for a set of 6! I would've NEVER have even attempted numbers like that on my own! He's taken me out of my comfort zone, and I couldn't be more grateful.
|Hello 205 deadlift!|
|That's ME! I ended up doing it again the following week, and did 31!|
I love the routines my trainer sets up for me. It's different every time, so it never gets boring. I always start with a warmup, usually on the bike or elliptical and the rowing machine, and then we do abs. After abs comes the fun stuff. Tuesdays are squat days and Thursdays are deadlift days. I do all my sets of those exercises on their own, but the rest of my workout is a circuit after finishing either squat or deadlift. He typically has 4-6 exercises planned for my circuit, and do 3 rounds of each circuit. Last Thursday, for example, went like this:
Tricep Dips (first time on the dip machine! Mine were assisted with one green band, but I did it!)
Kneeling Barbell Lever Press
90* Jump Squats with a 12lb medicine ball
Single Arm Cable Row (100lbs for 6, 100lbs for 8, 115lbs for 6)
Lying Leg Swings
Oh, sometimes he adds a "finisher" to really get my heart pumping. It's a quick, maybe 1-2 minutes, of an intense workout. My favorite is the Jacob's Ladder.
A couple weeks ago, we decided I was ready to add a third strength training day, so I now go in on the weekends and repeat a previous workout. They keep our personal training files handy for us clients to access, so he just tells me which workout to repeat. That third day has given me a lot of confidence in knowing that I'm perfectly capable of working out on my own without the trainer watching my every move.
In addition to strength training 3 times a week, I'm also still running. I love running too much to give it up, but I have cut way back on my mileage. I try to run 3-4 times a week (usually one of my strength days and running days overlap), but I'm only running 2-3 miles at a time. This has actually been so good for my speed! I may not have the endurance to run a half marathon right now, but I'm averaging 10:30 miles! I haven't been that fast in years! I totally credit my increase in speed to eating probably the healthiest I've ever eaten, strength training, and being consistent with it all. I try to do speed work once a week and on those days, I'm averaging closer to 9:30-10:00.
All in all, I'm feeling so much better than I ever have! I'm not down to my lowest weight from a couple years ago yet, but I'm damn close. This time, I won't be giving up and I WILL reach my goal!
Stay tuned for Part 3 where I'll get into my eating plan...